April 25th, 2013 § § permalink
After I was cleaning up my DIY mess from yesterday’s post, I had a little stroke of
genius luck. I had a few ranunculus blooms laying next to my extra macarons and twine, and the cuteness almost killed me! One thing led to another, and before you know it, I was tying ranunculus to macarons…
Let’s be honest, would you not squeal with excitement if you were handed a twine wrapped macaron with a ranunculus on top as a favor? I thought so. To make sure you’re the one wowing instead of being wowed, I’ll show you how I made them!
Tie twine around a macaron just like you would a Christmas present.
Before you knot it, clip a flower just below the bloom , and knot the twine around the stem.
Once they’re tied, set them out in a pretty dish or favor box for serving!
April 24th, 2013 § § permalink
I’ve been a little MIA on the DIY front around here recently, but this project will surely make it up to you. Why? Because it involves cake, macarons, and fresh flowers. I know, I can’t contain myself either…
If I’m really honest, I’ve never attempted a fresh flower cake topper before, but let me just tell you that using a cake vase is pure magic. Literally all you do is stick flowers in it, so simple!
Place the cake vase on top of your iced cake. Fill it with a small amount of water, just enough to fill all of the holes.
Cut the stems to the flowers short, and begin placing them into the holes of the vase starting from the outside working in. The instructions for the vase say to start from the center working outwards, but I found that working from the outside in made the center flowers stand up a bit higher, which I liked.
Once all of the flowers are placed in the holes, use smaller buds to fill in any gaps.
And the best part is that it has the prettiest leftovers!
December 21st, 2012 § § permalink
There aren’t that many occasions besides weddings, New Year’s, and Christmas (and maybe an extra 52 days of the year here and there in our house), that it’s socially acceptable to go crazy with sparkly, glittery decor. So of course, in the name of sparkly living, I have to go all out for these particular holidays. See my 8 simple DIY tricks to add sparkle to your holiday table (without making you the neighborhood’s glittering weirdo), by clicking through the gallery below!
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Eight short, sweet, and simple ways to add sparkle to your holiday table!
October 24th, 2012 § § permalink
I have a tendency to want to hoard vintage spools. I don’t know if this is a feeling anyone shares with me, but I just can’t help it, something about them is just awesome. I’ve had a few sitting around as simple decor for a while now, but I wanted a way to make them functional (aside from successfully collecting dust). Eventually I decided to try my hand at making them into cake stands and this is how they turned out.
Basically all you have to do is stain the wooden oval to match your spool, and then glue the spool, oval, and plate together and you’re finished!
To match my spool, I used dark walnut fast-dry stain, let it dry, and then used water based black craft paint over top and wiped off the excess.
I just used a cake dome from an old cake stand to cover the cupcakes. Wouldn’t this be adorable for a wedding? It’s definitely MUCH cheaper!
October 12th, 2012 § § permalink
If you’re missing the glitter and rainbows of my regular posts, don’t fret, they’ll be back next week! For now, I’m going to teach you how to safely use dry ice to create a fog effect in drinks for my last Halloween trick.
There are two main points to remember about dry ice: always buy the food grade dry ice, and secondly, never ever touch it!*
As long as you don’t come into direct contact with it, and are using the food safe version, then you can use it in drinks, punch, as fog machines, the list goes on. The warmer the liquid that you’re dropping the ice into, the more fog that you’ll get.
Bust up the dry ice block by lightly dropping the bag on hard ground a few times, and using small chunks for each jar. Keep the remaining dry ice in a small cooler, and replenish the ice as the fog dies down.
And for those of you wondering how to make the colorful scientific flask, just fill it with mineral oil and sprinkles. I covered the top with press and seal paper and ribbon so no one would try and drink it!
*Sugar & Cloth is in no way encouraging the misuse of dry ice. Though dry ice can be safe when used & handled properly, you are using it at your own risk.